David McKay


Interim Executive Director | Director of Finance and Administration

David McKay (Melissa Ong)

David is a chartered accountant and has accounting and finance experience in private practice as well as the commercial and charity sectors. His previous jobs have included Head of Management Accounting at Aston University and Director of Finance at OCR (an examinations board which is part of Cambridge University).

David has been a trustee of CORD, a charity working with refugees, displaced persons and people recovering from the effects of conflict in Africa and Asia.

He lives in Coventry and is married to Angela who, since retiring as a teacher, has become a volunteer with A Rocha International as Environmental Education coordinator. They have a son and a daughter, both of whom live in London and are chartered accountants.

Why A Rocha?

I can work with colleagues all over the world. My day begins with emails from New Zealand and India, then Europe and Africa, with the Americas joining in later: the sun never sets on my emails!

Has A Rocha influenced the way you live?

I’ve become much more aware of the wildlife around me.

What do you enjoy most?

Raising standards of governance. Amongst other things, that has meant visiting the teams in Uganda, Kenya and Ghana to ensure that robust accounting systems are in place, and then returning to help ensure that all we’ve agreed is being done in practice. I enjoy training people.

What’s been your most memorable trip?

I’ve long been interested in the links between poverty, social justice and gender issues, and now, the environment too. It all came together on a visit to A Rocha Uganda, when I saw the impact of their bio-sand filters. By providing clean water for families, they improved the quality of life for women who no longer had to gather firewood for boiling water, improved health for all the family and also reduced woodland destruction, thus benefiting wildlife.

You’ve invited supporters to make ‘impact investment loans’.

Yes, three years ago we began to set up income generation projects to provide unrestricted income for our National Organizations. In Kenya we used loans to set up tree nurseries, then sold the seedlings, helping to reduce the felling of native trees. In Ghana the team raised grasscutters (cane rats) and purchased beehives, providing sustainable jobs.

I couldn’t do the job without…

Cups of tea!

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